Parents' Home Ownership and Support for Adult Children Across Europe
The present paper, based on data from SHARE and SHARELIFE, examines how parents’ housing careers are related to the transmission of economic resources from parents to children, and how this varies across different welfare contexts. First, we will analyse the extent to which parent’s home ownership status affects the likelihood that children co-reside with their family of origin. Our preliminary results suggest that, ceteris paribus, parents who rent their home are less likely to support their adult children through co-residence. Secondly, we want to analyse how parents’ own housing experience affects the strategy that they adopt to support their adult children. For instance, does the fact that parents received support in buying their present home lead them to help their children in turn? Also, a number of other experiences – such as ownership status of one’s first home after the exit from the parental home, age when establishing one’s own household, or special events in one’s housing history – are likely to affect the strategy that parents adopt in supporting their adult children. Most importantly, the role played by parents’ housing experience is likely to vary across different welfare contexts.